How to Be a Christian Universalist

Have you become convinced that God doesn't either send or let people live in eternal damnation forever? Are you simply interested in Universalism and Universal Reconciliation? This article will help explain what these commonly misunderstood ideas are, so the concepts are easier to understand.


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    Realise that there are sub-types of Christian Universalism. For example, Evangelical Universalism emphasizes the Bible very strongly, Charismatic Universalism does so with God's will, and Liberal Universalists believe that reason and conscience are important in one's spiritual life. And many people combine different aspects from these traditions.
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    There are two main perspectives on the purpose of punishment in Universalism. Most believe that Hell is for reconciliation, and emphasize that it isn't eternal. But a few are 'Ultra-Universalists', or believe that Hell isn't a literal place after death. Instead, they see that reconciliation with God occurs during this life on Earth.
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    Christian Universalism and Unitarian Universalism aren't the same thing. The latter is non-creedal, while most Christian Universalist groups have some sort of creed or doctrine to go by. But Christian Universalism is welcomed in Unitarian Universalist congregations, however.
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    Read the Bible. Even if you don't put a lot of emphasis on it, it's still a good idea to read it. This will help you not only strengthen your beliefs, but also help you defend them if you must. Even the most liberal Christians appreciate a good biblical argument. Plus, it might inspire you.
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    Read other Universalist books. Doing so will strengthen your beliefs further, and help you find inspiration.


  • Read historical sermons on universal reconciliation. Examples include Hosea Ballou and George de Benneville.
  • Christians from a conservative background may not call themselves Universalists, even though they hold those beliefs. This is because the term can have negative connotations in certain groups.
  • Maintain an active prayer life.
  • Common names for Universalism include the Blessed Hope, the Larger Hope and the Victorious Gospel.
  • There are many different Bible translations available, along with many different concordances and dictionaries. Almost all of them are used in accordance within the context of a certain denominational tradition.
  • There are many good books on Universalism available. They all have a different perspective.
  • Wikipedia has good articles on Universalism.


  • Some groups consider Universalism a heresy, and might excommunicate you for holding this belief.

Things You'll Need

  • A Bible.

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